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It got Oscar nominations and a lot of good press. But take away the works and August: Osage County -- about a dysfunctional family to end all dysfunctional families - is all about acting. It has a star-studded cast too --
, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper and Ewan McGregor.
What it lacks in terms of storyline and treatment is a heart and that's where director John Wells fails.
of Time Out writes, "This star-studded loopy melodrama is brash, foul-mouthed, self-consciously offensive, intermittently insightful and has a gaping hole where its heart should be. That said, if you enjoy improbable plot twists, overcooked dialogue and Hollywood legends champing on scenery, this adaptation is a highly entertaining slice of American Gothic."